Book recalls when King Coal reigned in Dispatch district

Hucknall Colliery
Hucknall Colliery

THE DAYS when King Coal ruled the Dispatch district through a network of busy pits are remembered in a new book about to be launched in Hucknall.

‘Coal Mines Remembered 2’ is a follow-up to ‘Coal Mines Remembered’, which was published in 2009.

Annesley Woodhouse writer Martin Weiss (62) researched local pits and harvested photos to create both books.

Now his second instalment will be officially unveiled at Hucknall Library on Friday December 9. It could make an ideal Christmas present for former miners in the Dispatych district

The sequel gives generous coverage to collieries at Hucknall, Linby, Newstead and Annesley, which were once the lifeblood of the Dispatch district.

One page features the final coal train to leave Linby sidings in 1988 before the pit’s closure, while another has a spread of photographs of the former Hucknall and Linby Miners Welfare on Portland Road, Hucknall.

Martin will be on hand next Friday to sign copies of the book and to chat with former pitmen who might have stories to tell or photos from their days at local pits.

The information may find its way into a planned third volume in the series.